Slowmotion ready to move into the fast lane
O'Brien mare better value than favourite Coneygree at Listowel
Former Gold Cup winner Coneygree has added a real buzz to this year's Kerry National and it's a massive coup for all connected to Listowel.
In truth it was a fairly logical decision for the Bradstocks to single out this race because all the demands are right up Coneygree's street. The track is well suited to front-runners and the ground is likely to be soft.
However, he's already 7-2 and betting at those type of odds in a big-field handicap doesn't pay.
Instead I'm sticking my neck out and opposing the son of Karinga Bay with an each-way bet on the JP McManus-owned and Joseph O'Brien-trained mare Slowmotion at 12-1.
The five-year-old seems to be getting better and better over fences and her allocated weight of 10st 5lb will be ideal.
Slowmotion's record over fences so far is three wins, two places and a third from seven starts, her only blemish coming when she fell at the first on her chasing debut.
The Galway Plate was first foray into a big-field handicap and I was very impressed with the way she acquitted herself.
Her jumping was on point throughout and, when shaken up to make up ground between four out and three out, she did it willingly.
By the last fence Balko Des Flos had flown, but from the second-last until the run-in Slowmotion went eyeball to eyeball with a proven Graded horse in Shaneshill and wasn't blinking. She just lost a length or two going to the nearside rail and that arguably cost her the runner-up spot.
All her best performances have been with some cut underfoot and for a stayer she can produce a wicked turn of foot when she gets rolling.